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EU says half of normal flights may run Monday

Another natural disaster has brought agony to people, but not even close to that of the recent earthquakes. The volcano in Iceland last week that erupted has interfered with air travel, and millions have been waiting for the ashes to clear before they can make it to their destination.

Now, air traffic believes some flights can start taking off come Monday as forecasts have shown some clearing of the ashes in the air. The entire continent will not be cleared, however, and the sense of complete air travel once again is still unknown.

The ashes in the air can be very dangerous to a flying plane as the ashes can get caught up in the engines, shutting them down causing the plane to fall out of the sky.

The airlines have been hurting mightily because of the flying restrictions, basically losing over $200 million every day that flights were canceled.

It is unbelievable the string of natural catastrophes that has occured the last couple weeks; from the earthquakes in Haiti, Chili, Baja California-Mexico, Indonesia, Spain and China, and now the earthquake in Iceland has just added to that list.

Associated Press
http://www.startribune.com/business/91366359.html?page=3&c=y

Mangia, Mangia

A unique story in Italy where Nicoletta De Thomasis, along with his family, took in the writer, Matt Gross, and they dined on tons of sphaghetti and sausage, with a glass of wine.

Gross stoppe to have the inner with the family to get a sense of real Italian foo made by real Italians, rather than what is deemed "Italian food" at the restaurants, even in Italy.

Italian food is held at such a high level that there is even a group called "Home Food" that is dedicated to preserving and showcasing the Italian dishes.

People that sign up to be members of "Home Food" gets a catalage of different Italian dishes and they can actually pick out something that looks good to them to them and can order it for a price.

Goats and sheep, among so many others, are just the beginning of a long list of local meats used to make the entrees.

http://travel.nytimes.com/2010/04/11/travel/11Frugal.html?pagewanted=3&ref=travel

Daimler agrees to pay $185m after admitting bribery

This article I found on the BBC news website didn't have a byline, so I am unsure of who wrote it. The German carmaker "Daimler" has plead guilty in the U.S. and now has to pay $185 million.

The owner of the company has paid tens of millions of dollars in bribes to nearly 22 countires. The story says that between 1998 and 2008 the company gave money and many gifts to countries that agreed to contracts with the car company. The companies chairperson, Dieter Zetsche, was unaware of the bribes and has fired 45 employees for the bribes.

Daimler is expected to pay $93.6 million towards the U.S. Justice Department for the investigation, and $91.4 million to settle the civil case against Daimler from the Securities and Exchange Commision.

Back in 2008, another German group called Siemens was forced to pay $800 million after an investigation that found them to be making bribes in other countries.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/business/8600241.stm

Brian Barron

Brian Barron was the BBC foreign correspondent for more than 30 years. Though working all those years with the station, this article points out that Mr. Barron is no household name. He's no Tom Brokaw or any other current or past TV news anchor that the U.S. or any other country has come to know, but Barron was an extremely hard worker and loved what he did.

Barron started his profession in journalism at the young age of 16 as a reporter for the Western Daily Press. Later he went on to do radio before finally becoming a field reporter for the BBC news television. I guess his striking good looks and wavy hair made the camera love him.

Barron covered so many fascinating stories during his life, its surprsing that he never died in the field as he reported on wars in Saigon, was banned from countries for his reporting, and interviewed many African dictators. He even won Journalist of the Year award for his interview with Idi Amin, former dictator of Uganda who was forced into exile.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/obituaries/brian-barron-bbc-foreign-correspondent-who-covered-many-of-the-global-conflicts-of-the-past-40-years-1789269.html

Beheaded Vikings found at Olympic Site

Whenever I hear the word "Vikings" I instantly think, "Brett Favre drops back, throws it up and TOUCHDOWN SYDNEY RICE." But if course this article isn't talking about Minnesota's beloved football team.

It certainly is interesting when archeologists and other scholars dig up old bones and materials from thousands of years ago. According to the officials studying the bones, they could have come from anywhere between 890 and 1030 A.D. It's just remarkable that we can still find remains from that long ago. What makes this story even better is that the bodies were found didn't have heads. These Vikings from way back when were decapitated! It is thought that they were killed by Anglo-Saxons while trying to invade England.

It's just incredible how far technology has come. There are now ways for scientists to study the teeth of individuals and can tell where they came from determining how the climate and water effected their teeth. Scientists determined that these Vikings probably came from Norway or Sweden, some from even further north near the Arctic Circle.

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